FioreDB : a database of phenotypic information induced by the chimeric repressor silencing technology (CRES-T) in Arabidopsis and floricultural plants
Manipulation of horticultural plants' traits using genetic engineering has been a challenge because of gene redundancy and limited information concerning genome or other factors necessary for successful engineering. Recently we have developed a powerful tool with potential to overcome these difficulties, a novel gene silencing technology targeting transcription factor, which is designated <u>C</u>himeric <u>RE</u>pressor gene-<u>S</u>ilencing <u>T</u>echnology (CRES-T). Using this system, we are now analyzing biological functions of transcription factors in <i>Arabidopsis</i> and trying to manipulate morphological traits of various floricultural plants. To provide these information for genetic engineering of horticultural plants, we have developed the 'FioreDB' database in a web-based interface (http://www.cres-t.org/fiore/public_db/), which stores phenotypic information induced by various chimeric repressors in <i>Arabidopsis</i> and six floricultural plants, namely torenia, chrysanthemum, gentian, cyclamen, eustoma, morning glory. Users can find gene constructs that induce their preferred phenotype in <i>Arabidopsis</i> using simple searches, and can browse induced phenotypes in floricultural plants. Most phenotypic information has photo data. FioreDB is continually updated by addition of new data derived from the CRES-T analyses. FioreDB will help to improve traits of horticultural plants using the CRES-T system.
- Plant biotechnology
Plant biotechnology 25(1), 37-43, 2008-03-01
Japanese Society for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology